Beltane Public Engagement Network

What we do

Beltane has been around, in some form, for the best part of a decade. During all that time, Edinburgh’s universities have been working to develop university cultures which support public engagement with research: offering training, getting public engagement included in promotions criteria, creating ready-made opportunities to engage with members of the public, and more. A lot of the work is behind the scenes!

Edinburgh’s universities have brought about culture change by developing a particular approach: Meet, Learn, Try, Reflect, Share and Celebrate.


Our core areas of work

Innovative, large-scale public engagement activities

Beltane partner universities collaborate on large public engagement events like Explorathon Edinburgh and the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. These activities are too labour-intensive and (arguably) too risky to be undertaken by a single university public engagement office alone. One of the partner universities is usually the lead contact for any activity.

If you would like to feature in one of our public engagement ‘platforms’, please get in touch!

An ongoing programme of training and development activities

These include Beltane Breakfasts and Twilights, public engagement training and Fellowships.  You will always receive a warm welcome (and probably food) at Beltane-badged networking events, and we love to see new faces! Beltane universities do their best to make sure training is high quality, innovative and relevant.

All Beltane-badged training and development activities are open to staff and students from universities in Edinburgh. Depending on the topic, we sometimes encourage individuals from other organisations (and none) to attend as well.


Contact Us

The Beltane Public Engagement Network
The Institute for Academic Development
1 Morgan Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 8FP

Phone: 0131 650 4874/4875

Our Tweets

The Beltane team is delighted to be partnering with the Royal Society, London on a Public Engagement Networking event here in Edinburgh. Meet organisations who can provide you with opportunities to share your research. Wed 24th Oct, 6-8pm

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